Z Rocket Battery


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Northover Projector with Self igniting phosphorous Grenade (known as SIP)


E Y Ri

      The prefix E Y can be referred to as emergency or Edward Youl who was credited with binding the stock of old SMLE rifles with copper wire to withstand the extra power from the charge of the    

      Ballistite cartridge which is l and l/2 times the usual cartridge power used to launch a No 36 grenade.

     




The weapons to hand were very limited as most weapons and artillery had been left in France when the BEF was evacuated from Dunkirk .

The LDV found that the issue of rifles as promised by Winston Churchill were totally inadequate so shotguns and .22 rifles were found locally.  Police Stations became the collection points. Rifles were issued as soon as possible but the priority was to the most exposed areas, such as the South Coast. The first issue of .303 SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield ) with 5 rounds of ammo per rifle went to these Home Guard Battalions.  By September 1940, the Government had arranged for the supply of a large number of M1917 rifles from America, these were known in the UK as the P17.  




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Thompson Sub Machine Gun .45



Boys Anti Tank Rifle 5.5



       Sticky Bomb No 74 anti-tank known

     as the ST grenade.



   Tom Wintringham with Yank Levy

  loading the 4 inch home made mortar. 



​M1917 [P17] Rifle as issued to the Home Guard July 1940